Nottingham Forest fans send message by picking Dimitar Evtimov man-of-the-match

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Nottingham Forest fans voted Dimitar Evtimov man-of-the-match despite his error against Sheffield Wednesday.

Nottingham Forest fans have given their backing to young goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov after a costly mistake at the weekend.

Evtimov's error handed Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 victory, leaving Forest down in 17th place.

The 22-year-old Bulgarian was handed a rare start due to Dorus de Vries suffering back pain ahead of kick-off.

His error was singled out by boss Dougie Freedman as the reason the side lost, with the Scotsman taking the unusual route of singling out the youngster's error.

Forest fans have been a little more sympathetic - voting Evtimov as the club's man-of-the-match.

The inexperienced stopper will have been cursing his misfortune on Saturday night and Freedman calling him out publicly will not have helped his mindset.

Yet the supporters making the move to give him their backing will give him a huge lift, which could be vital if he is needed in their upcoming fixture away to Preston North End on Tuesday.

As well as sending a message to Evtimov, the voting could also be construed as a dig at boss Freedman, showing resentment at him blaming the youngster, and also a nod to the fact that no outfield Forest player did enough to deserve winning the vote on their own merit.

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